Flag mistake costs Lollback State title
By MAX GODBEE
YAMBA lifesaver Jacob Lollback surrendered what should have been a State title when he crossed on the wrong side of the finish flags in the Queens- land Under 17 board champion- ship at North Kirra Beach on Sunday. Lollback, 16, had led for most of the journey until caught by three others coming through on waves. The four stood up to- gether but Lollback sprinted away from them in the run to the finish flags. However he crossed on the outside of the nearest flag and in the moment it took him to re- alise his mistake the other three had crossed correctly between the flags to claim positions one, two and three and the Yamba competitor was placed fourth when he too came inside the flags to finish. Lollback reached four finals all
up at the titles, gaining thirds in the under 17 ironman won by Ryan Lysaught from James Stewart, both of North Burleigh, and third again in the under 17 surf race taken out by Tugun's Beau Cummins. The other final for Lollback was in the under 17 single ski where he finished sixth to Byron Bay competitor Pat Norton. Yamba's two female competi- tors, Alyce Bennett and Kira Hal- vorson, also did well with Ben- nett making three finals and Halvorson two and Yamba's boat crew reached the semi-finals of the open boat championship. Bennett finished fourth in the under 19 ironwoman champion- ship won by Jemma Newbiggen, and fourth to Allura Richardson of Maroochydore in the under 19 women's board final. She also paddled well to make the open women's board final but this time did not trouble the placegetters.
Kira Halvorson was impressive in reaching the finals of the women's under 15 board and surf races but did not feature in the medal list. Former Yamba star Hugh Dou- gherty, now competing for the Tugan Club, collected a gold medal paddling one of the board legs in the club's feature win in the taplin relay, relegating arch rivals Northcliff into second plac- ing. However the rest of the cham- pionship carnival proved a horror weekend for Dougherty with only bad luck and for once no plac- ings in individual events. Lollback and Bennet have more tough competition this week contesting the NSW surf life saving championships at Um- ina Beach on the Central Coast. Yamba will also be repre- sented by the open boat crew and by Jim Dougherty and Jim Schafer in the masters competi- tion.